Summer Card Camp Week 4 Featured Colors – Card #3

Three posts today – so make sure you scroll down to see the other two.

This card is for my third attempt at the Summer Card Camp Week 4 color combo, and also for my second attempt at PTI’s Make It Monday #24 for the Dry Brushing Technique.
On my first card for this technique, I dry brushed around the edges of the focal panel block in white.  I have wanted to use my Bundle of Love stamp set that I recently purchased, and so I thought, why don’t I just brush around the outside with blue for a sky and green for some grass?  Kinda like a little scenic snapshot?
And even though it’s nearly identical in layout to the first card, here are the results:

These colors are much closer to the original color combo, I believe.

A close-up view of the blue dry brushing above.

I absolutely ADORE this stamp set by Melissa Bickford!  Actually, I adore pretty much every stamp set that she designs – such wonderful, whimsical, simple style and beauty.  The font and lines in this set, though, are especially delightful.

A close-up view of the green dry brushing below.

My fussy cutting needs much improving, and my coloring ‘skills’ would make the experts cringe, I’m sure!  So, maybe just enjoy this one from afar and no clicking to enlarge the photos! ;-P

I cut out the stork body and baby images and raised them on foam dimensional adhesive for a little depth.

I had fun creating this card, and I look forward to using this stamp set again soon.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Bundle of Love (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  Stamper’s Select White, Ripe Avocado (Papertrey Ink)
Inks:  Lime, Glacier Ice, Turquoise, Black (Colorbox); Dual Brush Pens (Tombow)
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Summer Card Camp Week 4 Featured Colors – Card #2

A second attempt at the featured color combo for Week 4 at Summer Card Camp:

Again, my colors ended up a bit more subdued than these, but hopefully the general idea of the combo is there:

This card was the first idea that popped into my head for this color challenge.  It’s quite a bit more modern than I usually attempt or like to create.  But I really like the end result.  Certainly fits my simple style, and I thought the PTI Think Big Favorites sentiments would be perfect for it.

Here you can see close up the vague similarities between my colors and the original combo colors.  I believe that all of these colored cardstocks are from the Linen Closet cardstock stack from DCWV.

Being so simple a card, I’m not sure those 3 rhinestones add too much, but I thought ‘why not?!’

I like this card, mostly because it’s simple and flat for mailing – lol!  I plan to try this card again with some other gradient color schemes.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Think Big Favorites #1 (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  Linen Closet Solid Cardstock Stack (DCWV)
Inks:  Black (Colorbox)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Kaisercraft)
Tools:   Crop-A-Dile Rounded Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers)

Summer Card Camp Week 4 Featured Color

A first attempt at the Summer Card Camp featured color combo for Week 4:

And an attempt at the Mojo Monday Sketch #200, which I rotated to the right:

It’s a celebration for the 200th Mojo Sketch this week, and there are prizes.  So if you feel like making a card, it’s a good time to participate!  It took a bit for me to work up my confidence and courage enough to submit my first card a month or so ago.  I still struggle sometimes, feeling like I’m not quite up to par with all the talent to be found over there.  I’m really quite old fashioned and simple.  But I’m also still working on developing my skills and techniques, and it’s so fun to be a part of this wonderful online crafting community, so I guess I’ll just keep putting my stuff out there and hope to keep learning and growing!
Anyway.  Here is my creation:

Still using my slim variety of Verve stamps, but trying to use every single stamp from every single set I have at some point, while I slowly but surely build my stash.  For this card, I used a new sentiment from the Big Wish set.
Any if you’re paying very close attention, you’ll see that I (inadvertently) omitted the strip on the right side of the sketch, which should be at the bottom of my card with the rotation.  My computer was off for a bit yesterday due to a lightning/thunder storm, and I misplaced my printout of the sketch for a bit also.  So I went from memory quite a bit – which obviously is lacking in spots! LOL!
I was happy to break out my Nestabilities Lotus Pendant set for this one, since I’ve had it for a good length of time and never used it.  I’m sure it was grateful to see the light of day.  Also purchased long ago but hardly ever used is the bottom-layer butterfly, which I edged with some Stickles.
Hopefully I didn’t stray too far from the vision of the sketch.
Happy 200th Sketch, Mojo Monday!  And here’s to many more!
Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Big Wish, Kind Words (Verve)
Paper/Cardstock:  Glittered Cardstock, Blue and Green Cardstocks (DCWV Linen Closet Solid Cardstock Stack); DP (K&Company Elegance Paper Pad)
Inks:  Black, Glacier Ice (Colorbox)
Embellishments:  Classic Lace (Offray); Rhinestones (Kaisercraft); Ice Stickles (Ranger); Sewing Machine Stitching
Tools:  Lotus Pendant, Butterflies Two, Standard Circles (Nestabilities); Layered Arches Border Punch, Monarch Butterfly Large Punch (Martha Stewart)

Summer Card Camp – Fingerinking Technique

I found a little time for crafting last night and this morning, so I decided to try out this week’s technique at Summer Card Camp using the week’s featured color combo again:

The technique is named “fingerinking,” in which you use your fingers to distribute the ink over an embossed image – which utilizes the emboss resist technique also – for a sort of marbled effect.  This was my first attempt with any technique of this sort, either fingerinking or emboss resist, so it was a learning experience for me.  Hopefully it didn’t turn out too poorly!

My creation:

First thing I did was to grab some coupons and head to my local craft stores to purchase some Distress Inks, since I had none.  I just purchased an assortment and figured it would work itself out somehow!  I also grabbed some shimmer spritz while I was there, just for kicks.

Next, I began the project by making the focal panel first, to see how the color would end up being distributed, in order to gauge how I should use the other colors.  So this card developed from the focal panel, rather than with a predetermined design.  It’s a pretty simple design, though.  I think.

After stamping the image and heat embossing it in white, I began the inking with some Tea Dye and Vintage Photo, and then worked in some Tattered Rose and Barn Door til the result seemed interesting.  I misted it with some Shimmer Spritz (which you can barely see in the above photo) and inked the edges with the Vintage Photo ink.  It didn’t quite turn out how I thought it would, but all in all, I’m fairly pleased with my first attempt at this technique.

Since this is a learning experience, I won’t feel too bad to admit that my sentiment is stamped slightly crooked, which led to a slightly crooked placement of the rhinestones.  The drawback of using our hands and not machines, eh?!

Anyway.  Not too bad, I suppose.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Supplies Used
Stamps:  Wildflowers (Sweet & Sassy Stamps); Through the Trees (PTI)
Cardstock:  Rustic White, Dark Chocolate, Pure Poppy (PTI)
Inks:  Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose, Barn Door (Tim Holtz Distress Inks); Versamark; Bronze Pigment Ink (Colorbox)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections from Michaels); Brown Satin Saddle Stitch Ribbon (Offray); Bronze Embossing Powder (Hampton Arts); Sheer Shimmer Spritz (Tsukineko)
Tools:  Layered Arches Border Punch (Martha Stewart); Mat Stack #4 Die (PTI); Cane Print Impression Plate (PTI)

Mojo Monday #199 and Card Camp Week 3 Color Combo

I doubled up today, using this week’s featured color combo from Summer Card Camp:

And the Mojo Monday #199 sketch:

My creation:

I received my Verve Big Wish stamp set a few weeks ago, and I’ve wanted to use it ever since.  So I broke out the cake stamp for this sketch.

I heat embossed it with bronze embossing powder, to hopefully match the brown tones in the combo.  Then I used an American Crafts marker to color in the red patches.  Not exactly copics quality!  But I’ve wanted to try coloring some stamped images, even though I’m secretly afraid of it.  I don’t own any copics, but I do own a few misc Tombow and Martha Stewart and American Crafts markers, so I just use those.  Maybe someday I’ll purchase and learn to use copics – I hope to.  Until then, I’ll just wing it with what I have! 😉

I’ve also had a goal to start using more of my much-neglected tools and supplies that I’ve had for years but never broken into yet.  So I tried my wavy border punch here and also some of my hand-dyed seam binding ribbon which has been patiently waiting for me to use.

I don’t necessarily think of these colors as birthday colors, but I had fun creating this card, and I kinda like it.  And I think that’s what matters, anyway.  Right?!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

Supplies Used
Stamps:  Big Wish (Verve); Distressing Background Set #2 (Glitz)
Cardstock:  Rustic White, Dark Chocolate, Pure Poppy (PTI); Taupe Cardstock (Misc Stash)
Inks:  Brown (Stampabilities), Bronze (ColorBox); Versamark
Embellishments:  Maraschino Twine (The Twinery); Hug Snug Seam Binding; Bronze Embossing Powder (Hampton Arts); White Glitter (Doodlebug)
Tools:  Star Punches (Fiskars); Eyelet Circle Die and Standard Circles Dies (Nestabilities); Dotted Wave Border Punch (EK Success); Markers (Yellow – Tombow; Red – American Crafts)

Summer Card Camp – Week 2 Featured Color Combo

First, I want to say Thank You! to all those who stopped by and commented on my Student Spolighted card last week.  I’ve been trying to get around to blogs and respond, but I just cannot seem to get ahead these days!  I never really think my life is very busy, but I always find myself falling behind in so many areas.  But I appreciate each and every comment left on my blog, at any time, and I appreciate the effort it takes to do so.  Thank you!!

We had a fun Independence Day weekend, though being out and about for fun does cut into my crafting time – haha!  But I did manage to get my first card made for Week 2 of Summer Card Camp.  I say ‘first card’ in the hopes that I’ll be able to create more.  I was so jealous last week, seeing on other blogs that some were on their 6th, 7th, and even 10th cards for the Camp, and I was still only on my first!   I would LOVE to have that amount of crafting time. ;-D

Anyway.  Here is the featured color combo:

And here is my creation:  (obviously NOT Mexican Fiesta or Summer oriented!)

I guess whenever I see a color combo, and particularly a bold, bright color combo, I tend to think to myself, “Now, how can I organize/arrange these colors in as subdued a way as possible?”  LOL!  And so, I don’t usually put reds, oranges, yellows, etc, right up front and center.  I guess I’m just so boring, like that!  It’s a real internal struggle inside myself to go with bold colors on my cards.  (Admitting it is half the battle, right?!) 😉

Moving on… The card base is PTI Stamper’s Select white cardstock, layered with some Spring Moss cardstock that was sent through the Cuttlebug with the Linen/Canvas Impression Plate and then edge inked with ColorBox (CB) Cream White ink.*  I selectively inked a one-line sentiment from the Big & Bold Wishes stamp set to make it two separate lines at the bottom right, and then added 3 red Kaisercraft rhinestones for embellishment.

For the focal panel, I cut some New Leaf cardstock with the Mat Stack 4 die, stamping and heat embossing it with one of the Background Basics: Twinkle stamps, and edge inked the Mat in CB Frost White ink.  I raised it on dimensional adhesive above a strip of Summer Sunrise cardstock that I cut on the sides with my pinking shears.

Next, I cut some SS white cardstock with the Fillable Frames #10 die, edge inking it in CB Parchment ink.  I stamped a flourish from the Fancy Flourishes stamp set in CB Parchment ink on the left side, then stamped the flowers and centers from the Women of Life stamp set (flowers in CB Scarlet, centers in CB Amber).  The sentiment is from the Communique Curves Sentiments stamp set, stamped in CB black.  I raised that frame on dimensional adhesive also, and embellished with 4 red Kaisercraft rhinestones on the corners of the frame.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

*All inks used are ColorBox unless otherwise noted.

Summer Card Camp – Additional Color Combo Card

At Card Camp yesterday, they released another 6 color combos to work with.  I planned to use a few of them, then got busy with life outside of crafting.  I did manage to make one card, though, with the 6th combo.  Not sure if I should be sharing the extra color combo graphics, since the camp is a purchased event, and there weren’t specific instructions that they could be shared outside the camp.  But I think I can tell you that the colors are kraft/brown, beige, aqua blue, rose pink, and light grey.

I wasn’t sure where my card was going, at first.  But as I worked with my creativity for a while, it eventually morphed into something that I’m happy with, though I’m not sure it would fit the bill for a ‘typical’ wedding card.  I meant for it to be a thank you card of some sort, but as it progressed, it was clear I would have to add some bling and fancier touches, so I went with the wedding theme.  And, you may need to enlarge the photo and look very carefully to make sure all the colors are included, because some of them are quite subtle!

Anyway.  Here is my creation:

This card basically revolved around the PTI Fancy Flourishes stamp set.  All cardstock on the card is PTI Stamper’s Select white cardstock.  I distressed the edges of the one and only mat layer on the card, the decorative frame at the bottom is a Nestabilities Fancy Tags die, and the twine is PTI’s Rustic Cream Twine.

I thought I would describe this card in a different way, to illustrate how I used the colors, since some of them might not be so obvious.

Grey:  Wild Hare ink* from ColorBox (CB) for the stamped music on the mat layer, using the PTI Background Basics: Sheet Music stamp set.  Also some clear/silver Kaisercraft rhinestones here and there.

Beige:  CB Cocoa ink around the edges of the mat layer, and rubbed lightly throughout the sheet music stamping.

Kraft/Brown:  Hampton Art’s A La Mode Chocolate pigment ink around the edges of the mat layer after distressing, and also for the stamped flourishes from the PTI Fancy Flourishes stamp set.  I stamped the largest flourish first, from bottom left to top right, then filled in with the smaller flourishes.  Also, CB Chestnut ink to stamp a partial sentiment from PTI’s Big & Bold Wishes stamp set onto the Nesties Tag.

Rose Pink:  CB Old Rose ink sponged over the Nesties Tag before stamping the sentiment.  Also, some pink Kaisercraft rhinestones here and there throughout the flourishes.

Aqua Blue:  Aqua Kaisercraft rhinestones throughout the flourishes, as well as on either end of the Nesties Tag.

I really enjoyed making this card.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. 😉
-Ally

*All inks used are ColorBox unless otherwise noted.